Former president Bill Clinton is supporting the 100-Year Starship initiative, a project started by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA )
to research interstellar travel.
The project's goal is to transport humans in huge starships beyond the solar system within 100 years.
"This important effort helps advance the knowledge and technologies required to explore space, all while generating the necessary tools that
enhance our quality of life on earth," President Clinton said
The issues associated with interstellar travel will be discussed at the upcoming
100-Year Starship Public Symposium, an event open to scientists
and interested members of the public, from Sept. 13 through Sept. 16 in Houston.
"The 100YSS 2012 Public Symposium will bring together influential thought, scientific and cultural leaders to explore the technologies, science,
social structures and strategies needed to make capabilities for human travel to another star system a reality within the next century," officials
said in a statement.
The massive craft needed to escape our solar system next to St. Pauls cathedral. Image credit: Adrian Mann
Mae Jemison will lead the project to explore what it would take for a multigenerational mission beyond the solar system.
"The 100 Year Starship will make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system to another star a reality over the next 100 years.
If my language is dramatic, it is because this project is monumental.
And our team is both invigorated and sobered by the confidence DARPA has in us to make interstellar flight a reality," she said.
The project began with an award by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of a $500,000 contract to study what is
needed for long term projects such as interstellar space missions.
The 100 Year Starship' Project - goal is to send humans to the stars within 100 years. Image credit: Adrian Mann
The project began with an award by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of a $500,000 contract to study what is needed for long
term projects such as interstellar space missions.
The group has teamed with Icarus Interstellar and the Foundation for Enterprise Development.
"Project Icarus will be producing designs and doing basic research with the common goal of building the technical foundation required for
eventual successful interstellar flight, "Adam Crowl, director of Icarus Interstellar, said.
Speakers at the public event next week, will include Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut, as well as Star Trek actor
LeVar Burton, astronomer Jill Tarter, a co-founder of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, and other prominent thinkers.
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